Tag: Large Dog Breeds

Kuvasz

Kuvasz Overview The Kuvasz is a breed that has guarded the livestock of Hungary for thousands of years. They are believed to have been brought to Hungary along a similar path as the Komondor. Unlike the Komondor though, this breed is used in wetter mountainous areas rather than …

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever Overview The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular and loved breeds of dog worldwide. The breed was started when dogs from Newfoundland came to England, retrieving nets and fowl in the icy waters of their homeland. The English were delighted at their ease in …

Komondor

  Komondor Overview A direct descendent of the Owtcharka, an ancient flock guarding dog, the Komondor was brought to Hungary by nomads 1,000 years prior. They were bred to protect livestock against predators such as wolves and coyotes. Their unique corded coat helped them to blend in with …

Ibizan Hound

Ibizan Hound Overview Originating in the Spanish island of Ibiza, this ancient breed has been around for nearly thousands of years. The breed is a Sighthound, hunting game such as rabbits to help supplement the food islanders ate. The breed has since expanded its reach beyond the island, …

Harrier

Harrier Overview Related to the English Foxhound, some speculate that the Harrier is actually just a small Foxhound and from the same scenthound stock as Foxhounds just mixed with smaller dogs such as Beagles. The job of this breed was to follow hares while hunters followed the dogs …

Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water Spaniel Overview The Irish Water Spaniel has been around for hundreds of years, however it didn’t become a popular breed until the mid 1800s. The dog, Boatswain, became the popular “father of the breed” and expanded the lines to what they are today. The breed is …

Irish Setter

Irish Setter Overview Setters have a long history in Ireland, being used to hunt fowl. They would freeze in place after flushing a bird, rather than chasing it, to prevent the dog from being accidentally shot by hunters. Irish Setters were originally all Red and White, however the …

Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees Overview The Great Pyrenees has been the guardian of flocks along the Pyrenees mountains for nearly thousands of years. Later, they were then moved to be a guardian of the homes of nobility. However, to this day, the breed maintains his role as guardian of the flocks, standing …

Golden Retriever

    Golden Retriever Overview The Golden Retriever is one of the most well-known and popular breeds of dog worldwide. The breed was originally created in the 1800s by crossing Flat Coated Retrievers with the now extinct Tweet Water Spaniels. Labradors and other water loving retrievers were also …

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Overview The Greater Swiss Mountain Dog holds the title of oldest breed of all the Swiss Mountain breeds. He is descended from the Mastiff-style dogs of Roman armies, having traveled across the mountains to settle in the Swiss Mountains. One of the larger of …

Gordon Setter

    Gordon Setter Overview At the breed’s origins in Scotland, Setters came in two styles, “Black and Fallow”. It wasn’t until the 1800s when the Duke of Gordon became associated with the dog, due to his love of the black and tan breed. The Gordon Setter is …

Giant Schnauzer

AKC Breed Group: Working Other Registries: AKC (Working); ANKC (Utility); CKC (Working); FCI (Pinscher and Schnauzer); KC (Working); UKC (Guardian)     Giant Schnauzer Overview The Giant Schnauzer was originally developed as a cattle-herding dog, and this was his primary job until the widespread introduction of railroads. From …

German Shorthaired Pointer

AKC Breed Group: Sporting Other Registries: AKC (Sporting); ANKC (Gundogs); CKC (Sporting); FCI (Pointing Dogs); KC (Gundog); UKC (Gun Dog)     German Shorthaired Pointer Overview In the effort to create an all-purpose hunting dog, the German Shorthaired Pointer was created as a combination of Bird Dog and …

German Wirehaired Pointer

AKC Breed Group: Sporting Other Registries: AKC (Sporting); ANKC (Gundogs); CKC (Sporting); FCI (Pointing Dogs); KC (Gundog); UKC (Gun Dog)     German Wirehaired Pointer Overview The German Wirehaired Pointer is related to his breed cousin, the German Shorthaired Pointer. He was created in an effort to create a …

Entlebucher Mountain Dog

AKC Breed Group: Herding Other Registries: AKC (Herding); CKC (Working); FCI (Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs); KC (Working); UKC (Guardian) Entlebucher Mountain Dog Overview The Entlebucher Mountain Dog is the smallest of the four Swiss Mountain breeds and is fairly newly recognized by the AKC. The other breeds …

Flat-Coated Retriever

AKC Breed Group: Sporting Other Registries: AKC (Sporting); ANKC (Gundogs); CKC (Sporting); FCI (Retrievers); KC (Gundog); UKC (Gun Dog) Flat Coated Retriever Overview The Flat-Coated Retriever is a mix of several type of dogs to create the ultimate hunting dog. He was known as the “gamekeeper’s dog” on …